June 21, 2022
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Partners in Life and Work:

Challenges and Rewards from Start-Up to Global Success with Doc and Elma Levy 

What challenges face entrepreneurs who try combining a business and marriage partnership? What about the rewards? And what needs to happen to grow from a start-up practice into a level of maturity involving private equity and, ultimately, the status of a successful global firm?  

To learn the answers, join Dov and Elma Levy, a married couple who have lived through such challenging questions as they developed their firm Dovel Technologies, now a powerhouse in its industry. Dov and Elma will offer their experiences as food for thought for making business and life partnerships work in a manner that achieves multiple life goals and for acquiring business lessons that can be applied by anyone.

Bonus! This session can be augmented by the speakers’ upcoming book Partners in Life and Work: Finding Success Through a Partner Business (Routledge) available in July from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and bookstores everywhere.

Elma Levy is an entrepreneur, investor, leadership coach, and public speaker. Ms. Levy is cofounder and principal of the Eldov Group, LLC, a boutique investment and start-up advisory in the Washington, D.C., area. As an advisor to entrepreneurs, Ms. Levy provides advice on corporate governance, financial management, and tactical planning.

 In 2000, Ms. Levy became the cofounder of Dovel Technologies, a company that builds and supports information technology (IT) systems for the federal government. Over the next 18 years, she served as its chief executive officer and later as chair of the board, overseeing corporate governance and managing Dovel’s infrastructure development and growth through its 2019 acquisition.

 Ms. Levy is also a credentialed leadership, wellness, and life skills coach, and founder of Coach to Strength LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. She completed George Mason University’s Leadership Coaching for Organizational Wellness program, Harvard Extension’s Leadership Coaching Strategies program through its Division of Continuing Education, and the Life Skills Coaching program through the Life Coach Institute.

Actively involved in Washington, D.C., and Maryland community business, academic, and nonprofit organizations, Ms. Levy is a member of the national advisory council for the George Washington University’s School of Engineering (GW SEAS) and the advisory committee for the GWU SEAS Center for Women in Engineering. She is a business mentor, a professional development workshop presenter for the D.C. chapter of SCORE, and the chair of the board of directors for Montgomery Hospice in Maryland.

Before becoming an entrepreneur and business owner, Ms. Levy was a family nurse practitioner practicing health care and case management in the US, Israel, and The Netherlands. She earned a BSN at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and an MSN and an FNP certification at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Ms. Levy and her husband Dov have two children, Mark and Karyn, and in 2020, became first-time grandparents to Karyn’s daughter, Isabelle Marie. Born in the Netherlands, Ms. Levy relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1982 and is now a US citizen. She and her husband reside in Bethesda, Maryland with their golden retriever Rosie.

Dov Levy, entrepreneur, investor, and leading expert in large-scale mission-critical IT solutions, is co-founder of Dovel Technologies which he started with his wife, Elma. Mr. Levy has been the technical catalyst for Dovel Technologies’ growth and innovation and recognized as a dynamic leader at the forefront of technological innovations.

Over the past three decades, Mr. Levy has served in technology leadership positions for the US government’s most significant mission-critical projects, such as the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system for the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Defense Travel System for the Department of Defense, the National Blood system for the American Red-Cross and GrantSolutions.gov, a system that manages more than 200 billion dollars in US government grants. Dovel was sold to Macquarie Capital in 2019, and in 2021, acquired by Guidehouse.

Co-founder and principal (with his wife, Elma) of the Eldov Group, LLC, a boutique investment and start-up advisory company, Mr. Levy serves as a senior advisor for GrantSolutions.gov, managing a large-scale implementation of cloud computing, event sourcing, machine learning, blockchain, and artificial intelligence.

In 2018, the George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) inducted Elma and Dov Levy into the GW Engineering Hall of Fame for their sustained contributions as entrepreneurs, government consultants, and technology innovators. Mr. Levy earned a bachelor’s degree in geodetic science from Tel Aviv University and a master’s degree in computer science from George Washington University.

C2M Host Ken Lizotte CMC is Chief Imaginative Officer (CIO) of emerson consulting group inc., which transforms consultants and their firms into business thoughtleaders via published books and articles, speaking engagements and digital marketing. Active in IMC for over two decades, Ken has been Chair of two Consult-Cons, past president of IMC New England, originated IMC’s Chat Room, and has served as a member of the IMC USA  National Board. Author of eight books and a popular professional speaker, visit him at www.thoughtleading.com or via email at [email protected]